Weiner admits sending inappropriate photos, says he won't resign
Conservative site BigGovernment.com says a woman claims this photo was sent to her by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.
June 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Weiner admits sending inappropriate photos, says he won't resign

[Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner said Monday he has sent inappropriate photos to and had inappropriate communications with about six women over the past three years - some after he was married - and says he's "very sorry."

The photos include one - sent on his Twitter account more than a week ago - that he had previously claimed was a result of a hacker's prank, the New York Democrat told reporters Monday afternoon at a New York City hotel.

He said he's made "terrible mistakes and ... hurt the people that I care about the most," but he won't step down from Congress and has no intentions of  separating from his wife.

"I'm deeply regretting what I’ve done, and I’m not resigning," he said.

The women are "generally women that I met on Facebook," Weiner said. He said he never met the women in person, and has never had sex outside his marriage.

Of the photo that got the media's attention late last month - a picture of a man in underwear that was sent on Weiner's Twitter account - he said that he mistakenly tweeted it publicly. "I intended to send (the photo) as a direct message to a woman as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle," he said.

When reporters asked him about it at the time, he said that he was the victim of a hacker and a prank.

"Once I realized I had posted to Twitter, I panicked, I took it down and said that I’d been hacked," Weiner said Monday. "I then continued with that story - to stick to that story - which was a hugely regrettable mistake. This woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears no responsibility. I'm so sorry to have disrupted her life in this way."

"To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it."

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He added that he's "deeply sorry for the pain this has caused" to his wife, friends and constituents.

Weiner said whether he would run for re-election is "the last thing on my mind."

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Earlier in the day, Weiner faced new questions after BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, posted a picture of a bare-chested man that it says a woman claims came from Weiner.

[Posted at 4:16 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, is scheduled to address members of the news media late Monday afternoon in a New York City hotel, according to his office.

CNN will have live coverage of the address.

News of Weiner's planned address comes amid more than a week of controversy over photos that are alleged to have come from him or his Twitter account, including one released Monday by BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. The site has posted a picture of a bare-chested man that it says a woman claims came from Weiner.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm that the image is that of the congressman or was sent by him.

As reporters waited for Weiner to make his address Monday afternoon, Breitbart appeared at the hotel, and - apparently at the urging of reporters - took to a podium and spoke to the media, CNN's Mary Snow reported.

The latest photo emerged more than a week after a different photograph - one of a man in underwear - was sent on Weiner's Twitter account. Weiner has said that he didn't send that photo, and that he was the victim of a hacker and a prank.

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  1. gung hoe

    A weiner lying about his weiner But did the camera catch him coming or going thats what i want to know vote for truth in 12 palin bachman out with the racist mutt obama

    June 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scannonc

    The issue isn't the Twitter posts. It is the lies. to the media, to his consituents, to media outlets like Breitbart. Do w expet any standard of conduct from our rep?

    June 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew Breitbart

    Told ya.

    Again.

    You never listen. And now you're punked. Again.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George

    If the Weiner was to step down, would he still get paid and free health care, anyone know

    June 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Naughty bits

    There is no honor in this guy! No respect for his country. Its all about him and what he wants. Honor is gone.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Funniest news of the year!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AMR1960

    Yikes! the Bare-Chest rule (reference N.Y. 26th scandal) has been Violated!

    Weiner must go!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Narny narny narnar

    Isn't ANYBODY Honest anymore ??? I am, and I'm ALWAYS RIGHT, and I NEVER LIE !
    Haa Haahaa yeah right !!!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ZweiStein

    Understand "Der WienerSchnitzel" is preparing to sue the Weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ZweiStein

    But...the truth is, (this is the real truth...the honest one...the one that's not the lie) I like Anthony. And this is just no big deal. Hope he does stay in office. All the weinering around, he is a good man and a good rep in congress.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZweiStein

      I loved that speech! I actually DO like him – I think he's the best congressman out there.

      June 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cydfan

    Oh my god! they're lambasting the poor guy! Don't resign! I still remember the stirring "I will not yield the floor" speech.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Perry Mason

    So the weinerman's weiner did it!

    June 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Game of Clue

    Rep Weiner flashed college girl...

    In his drawers...

    With his webcam...

    In the Bedroom...

    After he oiled the can...

    June 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Game of Clue

      SO REP WEINER DID IT!

      June 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Game of Clue

      I won! I won!

      June 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Other Clue Game player

      No you didn't WIN!

      Game of Clue
      Rep Weiner flashed college girl...

      In his drawers...

      With his webcam...

      In the Congressional Office in front his swearing in picture...

      After he oiled the can...

      June 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Other Clue Game player

      I don't think so!

      Game of Clue
      Rep Weiner flashed college girl...

      In the buff....

      With his webcam...

      In the Congressional Office in front his swearing in picture...

      After he oiled the can...

      June 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Monica

    Don't get a big head off of this Anthony, but I'd vote for you for President.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    Classic lol. I appreciate people who do stupid things. Makes me look smarter. It has a saying and everything, 'caught with your pants down'. We need funny stories, too.

    June 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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